Nairobi City market grabbed?
28 January 2015, 18:30
Nairobi - Has a part of the iconic Nairobi City Market been grabbed? The traders that call it their home say so.
The traders, speaking to members of the press Wednesday, claim that a part of the market, which is supposed to be used for expansion has been grabbed by a private developer.
According to the traders, a piece of land, now used by a private developer as charged parking belongs to the market and that there is a case pending in court over its ownership.
The private developer is allegedly still using the land despite a court order revoking the fake title deed it has used to lay claim to the piece of land.
" The case has been in court since 2004 and the High Court declared the title deed illegal but since then, the land has still been under the developer," John Nguku, a trader at the marker told News24.
Felista Wangari, who has been at the market for all of 20 years says that they have written to the current Nairobi County Government, the defunct Nairobi City Council as well as the Lands Ministry for help but help has no been forthcoming.
" It is as if they are protecting somebody. We do not know. We ask the president to intervene," she asked.
The traders said that they would be forced to take matters into their own hands if something is not done soon, as they are losing business and the market is now too full.
On contacting the Lands Ministry over the matter, an official that did not wish to be named told News24 that the matter was well known and would be dealt with in due course.
" The matter has been here a long time and it will be dealt with but there are issues pending in court and what not, so it has taken time. We are aware though," the official who is not authorised to speak on behalf of the ministry said.
Issues of land grabbing have hit the news-feeds in recent weeks, following the well publicized grabbing of a school playground along Langata Road in Nairobi.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has since insisted that all schools be granted title deeds with immediate effect to ward off potential land grabbers.
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